Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Obituary: Vickie Lee Johnston, 68, Shinglehouse

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Vickie Lee Johnston, 68, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, surrounded by her loving family after a year-long battle with breast cancer.
She was born on June 18, 1947 in Shinglehouse, the daughter of Victor V. and Emma B. Peterson Clark. On October 31, 1964 in Duke Center, she married Gary G Johnston, who survives.
Vickie attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in Ceres, PA and graduated from Oswayo Valley High School in the class of 1964.
 She was employed by Alcas Cutlery Corp of Olean, NY for 37 years, retiring in December 2013. Vickie enjoyed gardening and taking care of her home but her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren.
Surviving are her husband, best friend and love, Gary G. Johnston, and her beloved children Renee Sterling of Olean, NY and Dane (Georgine) Johnston of Pittsburgh.  She was the grandmother to six perfect grandchildren, Cody Snyder and Dylan Snyder both of Olean, Second Lieutenants Martina Johnston and Margaret Johnston, both serving in Amberg, Germany, and Miranda Johnston and Merrick Johnston both of Pittsburgh.  She is also survived by three devoted siblings, a brother Bernard “Red” (Nancy) Haynes of Shinglehouse and two sisters, Bernadine (Michael) Cole of Valparaiso, IN and Cheryl “Sherrie” Johnston of Shinglehouse; as well as many nieces and nephews. The family would also like to acknowledge Vickie’s special love for Justin Tarr, who she accepted as a part of her family.
Vickie was predeceased by her parents.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at the Virgil L Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union St, Shinglehouse, PA with funeral services following at 12:30 in the funeral home. The Reverend Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate.
The family would like to thank all the friends and family for their support over the past year, and special recognition to Vickie’s close friends Kim Clayton, Linda Miller and Lynn Anzivine for their love and compassion.
 In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Pink Pumpkin Project at or 2319 Valley View Dr, Allegany, NY 14706.  Email: or telephone: 716-378-3727.